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Our actions impact the environment. Each thing we do can help or hurt our planet in many ways. EPA (Environment Protection Agency) has tools to help you learn and understand the issues and help you reduce your environmental footprint. Our general waste can damage our green lives on the earth, that’s why we use to recycle those items which can be benefitted for all of us as a consumer, or a living being on this planet.
In Pakistan, like other developing countries, Pakistan lacks waste management infrastructure, creating serious environmental problems. Most municipal waste is either burned, dumped or buried on vacant lots, threatening the health and welfare of the general population. Garbage-picking, often a job reserved for those on the lowest rung of the socioeconomic ladder, most commonly employs young boys and girls.
Recycled materials are also used in new ways such as recovered glass in asphalt to pave roads or recovered plastic in carpeting and park benches.
Last year I visited Berlin (Germany), and I observed that in 100 people there is only one person who is collecting the Tin Cans of soft drinks and wine. When I was visiting Eastside of the Berlin Wall, I asked a young boy that why he is collecting these Tin Cans? We sell these to the machines installed everywhere and get 25 cents on each trashcan, he replied. Moreover, he added, that I earn enough money to buy my wine and smoking stuff and for transport tickets.
The next morning, I met with a Pakistani guy who was living in a shelter home as a refugee. He revealed that he gets 600 euros from government and he collects Tin Cans every day and saves more than 1200 euros by selling these cans. He said he gets money instantly from the machine. There is no tax deduction on such earning (he laughed) and I don’t need to wait for a month to get my salary or wages from my boss.
I travelled a lot in Europe, Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland which are very cool countries. I couldn’t see a single piece of paper even on the roads or in streets in Copenhagen. They have managed their recycling system very strong.
We should launch a new recycling system in Pakistan to reduce the garbage and produce new products by using waste material. As a consumer, we buy everyday some households, and more than 95% of that material can be recycled. But we don’t do that and we throw that material in the streets, on the roads, and we dump in canals and rivers. Because the lack of awareness, we through everywhere and anywhere.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Pakistan generates around 20 million tons of solid waste annually and this figure grows by 2.4 per cent each year. In the absence of adequate garbage collection and waste management infrastructure, most of this garbage is incinerated or left to rot in dumps, often in the middle of cities. Actually talking about sanitary system, there are no proper measures to cope with such issues. However we need to educate the people through advertising campaign on social media and on conventional media.
Garbage increased by our sluggishness, we throw even small pieces of wrappers anywhere everywhere – that creates garbage everywhere.
n Reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators.
n Reduces Conserves natural resources such as timber, water and minerals.
n Reduces Increases economic security by tapping a domestic source of materials.
n Reduces Prevents pollution by reducing the need to collect new raw materials.
n Reduces Saves energy.
n Reduces Supports American manufacturing and conserves valuable resources.
n Reduces Helps create jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries.
More and more of today’s products are being manufactured with recycled content. Common household items that contain recycled materials include the following:
n Reduces Newspapers and paper towels
n Reduces Aluminum, plastic, and glass soft drink containers
n Reduces Steel cans
n Reduces Plastic laundry detergent bottles
Recycling creates jobs
EPA released significant findings on the economic benefits of the recycling industry with an update to the national Recycling Economic Information (REI) Study in 2016. This study analyzes the numbers of jobs, wages and tax revenues attributed to recycling. The study found that in a single year, recycling and reuse activities in the United States accounted for:
n Reduces 757,000 jobs
n Reduces $36.6 billion in wages; and
n Reduces $6.7 billion in tax revenues.
This equates to 1.57 jobs, $76,000 in wages, and $14,101 in tax revenues for every 1,000 tons of materials recycled.